Dali and me

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #209: Surreal

I have loved the art works of Salvador Dali since I was a teenager. He led me on a path of discovery of Surrealism in art with artists like Rene Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Yves Tanguy and Frieda Kahlo among others.

“The power of Surrealism within visual arts allowed artists to unleash the power of their subconscious mind in order to create artworks of absurd imagery, that were both somewhat amusing and menacing at the same time. This allowed Surrealism artists to create types of contradictions within their paintings that were not previously seen in the art world. What made the movement so revolutionary was that it was not limited to any specific medium or style, rather, it spanned all disciplines that were able to manifest the eerie side of reality.” https://artincontext.org/surrealist-artists/

Whilst in Europe I was lucky enough to visit a couple of Dali galleries, one in Barcelona and his main theatre museum in Figueres, with it’s egg shaped walls.

Inside I was in wonder at the number of art works

Most of the best known, The Persistence of Memory etc were in other galleries around the world. The one that grabbed my attention first as a teenager was Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) so of course when looking for a calendar in 2019 I found a Dali one.

Dali also did quite a number of statues and figurines.

In the museum you enter a gallery level and look down on this sculpture and wonder what it is. Once at ground level you can see the whole idea behind the work.

Of course one of my favourites combines to two things I like, Dali’s art and elephants. I have a framed copy of Swans Reflecting Elephants on my wall

Which brings me to the part about me. For quite a while now I have been contributing to Jez’s Water Water Everywhere by taking photos of reflections in water and turning them into abstracts, perhaps they could be seen as surreal?

One of my favourite things to photograph is nature especially birds. This is combination of water, reflection and a Pelican which is unaltered, just as I saw it. A Surreal Pelican?

Nature does present a chance to see what can be done with a spiders web and imagination

I hope you enjoyed a wander through my thoughts of art and my photos.

Pick a Word – April 2022

Lost in Translation’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word April 2022

A bit of thinking to be done with Paula’s words this month. Here they are, let’s see what I can conjure up this month to match a photo with her words.

ABLAZE

BASTION

FLAMING

SALIENT

SKYLINE

Pick a Word – November 2021

Lost in Translation’s Thursdays Special: Pick a Word November 2021

Here is my November song to have a listen while looking at blogs

Paulas words are:

EMBELLISHED

LEAFAGE

PANORAMIC

PONDEROUS

SURROUNDED

It’s buildings – in many ways

The Lens-Artists Challenge #173: Interesting Architecture

I have been thinking about this theme since I first read it way too early in the morning to have many cohesive thoughts. Here is a random mish mash of constructions with interesting architecture.

I’ve opted for a slideshow for a change. Enjoy your travels and hope that there are interesting architectural surprises along the way

Pick a Word – July 2021

Lost in Translation Thursdays Special: Pick a Word 2021

I wait every month for Paula to post her words for the month and try to find just the right image to match her words. Here are this months words and photos.

Something to listen to while contemplating if my photos match Paulas words.

ALCOVE

FLOW

MASONRY

RIVERSIDE

TIDAL

Our world is wonderful

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 153: It’s a Wonderful World

Not going to go with the obvious song as everyone has already done that. Here’s my take on the song of choice